As the national body for youth work in England, NYA is undertaking a national census of all youth provision and out of school activities. This is the first time such an ambitious project has been attempted.  

What is the Census for?

There are lots of great youth services, charities, community groups and others providing much needed support for young people across England. We just don’t know where you all are, what you do and what help is needed. Why does this matter? The Census will give us the essential information to invest in young people and out of school activities. It will inform policy-makers, service providers and funders as part of Covid-recovery and over the long term, to provide resources, training and opportunities across communities.

We asked all organisations and groups who deliver or support youth services and out of school activities to take part. They provide places to go and things to do, to have fun and learn new skills, and services which support particular needs; with youth workers and volunteers who advise, guide and help create opportunities with young people.  

Census submissions are now closed, thank you to all organisations and groups who completed their entry.  We will provide further updates and opportunities in the Autumn to inform the government Comprehensive Spending Review. 

If you missed out on providing a Census return but want to register your interest in taking part later in the year, please complete the form below. 

Register your Interest (Census)

  • Before clicking submit, please ensure that yourself or your organisation are authorised to supply this evidence to the National Youth Agency: I confirm that I have permission to share the above information with the NYA for the purpose of registering for the National Youth Sector Census. I/Our organisation understands that the NYA will use this information to inform the National Youth Sector Census and give my/our organisations permission to use this data.

The National Youth Sector Census has been supported by Youth Futures Foundation, Local Government Association (LGA) and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DMCS)

COVID-19 Readiness Level

Readiness Level


What does this mean?

** From 6th September 2021 we can confirm that the youth sector moves to GREEN in the readiness framework**

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